17 April 2023

Russell Crowe's Indoor Garden Party

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Russell Crowe's Indoor Garden Party

Russell Crowe’s Indoor Garden Party, Tuesday 6 June at Canberra Theatre Centre. Image: Supplied.

Russell Crowe’s Indoor Garden Party, featuring The Gentlemen Barbers and special guests.

He was named Rome’s Ambassador to the world last year, awarded as “Global Icon” by GQ magazine, but he was also barred entry from a suburban Japanese restaurant in Melbourne for not wearing the correct attire, on a Friday, at lunchtime, in 37° heat. A non-story that became global news.

Whether he’s telling the story, or people are telling a story about him, life’s always interesting if you’re Russell Crowe.

This June, he’s playing music and bringing his Indoor Garden Party to Canberra. An Indoor Garden Party is, he says, “an event, a band, a happening. It’s fluid. The personnel changes, but it’s always big. It’s like a festival where I gather people I admire, musicians and storytellers, and we put on a show.”

The concept started in 2009 in a pub outside London owned by the chat show legend, Michael Parkinson, and it has kept going in a haphazard, ad lib way ever since. With this configuration, Crowe brings to the foreground The Gentlemen Barbers, who he has been quietly tinkering with for the last four years.

The relationships within the band go back 30 years. Dave Kelly (drums) and Stewart Kirwan (trumpet) were members of Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, as well as playing with Crowe in The Ordinary Fear of God, which included Stu Hunter (piano), and in its touring form also included Chris Kamzelas (guitar). James Hazelwood (bass) has fit right in and shares friendships within the band that go back decades.

Joining this tour are a pair of amazing singers from Ireland. From County Tyrone in Northern Ireland is Janet Devlin, and from the town of Cavan, comes Lorraine O’Reilly. Also on this tour, in acoustic mode, is a young Maroubra based Sydney band called Myth of Her.

The details

What: Russell Crowe’s Indoor Garden Party
When: Tuesday, 6 June 2023 at 6:30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: $69.00 plus transaction fee. Get tickets here.

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